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Textures
Drawing Circles


4.0
excellent

Review

by Tyler EMERITUS
May 7th, 2006 | 42 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist


Textures are an interesting band. Their music has been deemed (by them) to be "Polyrhythmic Metal Madness", and it's just that. I'm sure you've all heard Meshuggah, or at least heard of their trademark polyrhythmic tomfoolery. Textures are in the same vein of precise Metal, only, I believe they do it better. I know, it may seem blasphemous, but whenever I find myself trying to get into Meshuggah I get more and more frustrated. Yes, it's impressive what they play, but to me it's not audibly appealing. Textures on the other hand manage, and this is purely my opinion, to play their "Polyrhythmic Metal Madness" while still keeping it listenable. Drawing Circles is the follow up to their critically acclaimed 2004 release Polars, and while it essentially carries through the same idea, I feel it does everything that much better. The band's had two years between releases and it would seem they used it wisely; this album IS that good.

Textures:
Jochem Jacobs - Guitar, Vocals
Stef Broks - Drums
Richard Rietdijk - Synths
Dennis Aarts - Bass
Eric Kalsbeek - Vocals
Bart Hennephof - Guitar


The Sound

The sound and general style of the album is both simple and complicated, meaning I could simply say it's complicated. This album, which features a new singer since their previous album, goes through many spectrums of progressive metal all the while remaining in their comfort zone of polyrhythmic madness. This is what would happen if Devin Townsend joined Meshuggah. Unlike many bands of this style, and they are ever increasing in number, Textures do not rely on dissonance; the album has an copious amounts of melody, which is what I feel sets them apart. Amidst the polyrhythmic (I really need a synonym for this one and the thesaurus is not helping!) madness you will hear synthesized soundscapes accompanied by wonderfully executed clean vocals thanks to new singer Eric Kalsbeek. The album is a cohesive journey through chaos and precision with little bits of soothing sounds thrown in the mix. It's one of those albums you don't need to skip because of it's varying sounds.

Denying Gravity has several styles of vocals, from Jens Kidman like screaming to robotic like singing most evocative of Paul Masvidal's electronically enhanced vocals on Cynic's Focus.Illumination , the shortest track on the album (clocking in at 1:56) is perhaps the oddest sounding track on the album. Although it's merely an interlude, it features vocals reminiscent of Mike Patton being crooned over an ever-intensifying bass and keyboard line until you're instantly power-bombed (can you dig it?) into what the second half of the album, which I feel is the stronger of the two.

Lyrically, the album is entirely about the aim to reach perfection, an impossible feat. Impossible as it may be, this album is putting that theory to test. The band has managed to create something sonically heavy, vocally melodic; technical yet listenable. They've simultaneously gotten heavier as well as more melodically inclined. While it's evident they're part of an ever growing style of music, these guys are giving badns like Meshuggah and Coprofago a run for their money. For anyone who considers themselves to be a fan of complicated yet listenable music, I implore you to at least listen to the samples from this album; they can be found at the bands MySpace as well as on their official websites, the links are below. I look forward to see what these guys can do, but as I'm writing this (and this is what motivated me to write it), this is one of my favourite albums of 2006. These guys may just be the best songwriters in the "math-metal" (for lack of a better term) style. I highly recommend this.

FINAL VERDICT
8/10
The band manages to create a chaotic, melodic album where every instrument is played flawlessly yet never become independently overbearing. Textures are a refined unit of a band, a force to be reckoned with.

The road will be long but soon you'll get there...
Official Website: http://www.texturesband.com/
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/textures



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Tyler
Emeritus
May 8th 2006


7927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I think I may have done the Meshuggah comparison a little more often than necessary, but upon listening to this album you should understand why.



Still, if it's bothersome, please say so in a comment and it will be "fixed".

Blindguardian
May 8th 2006


186 Comments


Its bothersome, fix it immediately (sarcasm)

Review was okay, maybe tighten up some of the sentences, but pretty well written and I love Meshuggah, Catch 33 being one of my favorite albums of 2005, so I guess I'm gonna be checking them outThis Message Edited On 05.07.06

Tyler
Emeritus
May 8th 2006


7927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I just realized like half of this review makes no sense. I'll post when it's fixed up. Proof-reading is the enemy, apparently.



EDIT-



Alright, I think I fixed it up.This Message Edited On 05.07.06

Tyler
Emeritus
May 8th 2006


7927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I wouldnít say itís a reliance, itís merely something Iím trying out.



I'm going to do a more traditional review either tomorrow or Tuesday, though.

Tyler
Emeritus
June 7th 2006


7927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm going to lower this to a "4", I rated it a little too soon.

3FingeredHoek
July 25th 2006


19 Comments


Great album and review!

BallsToTheWall
October 24th 2007


50977 Comments


Good review of a great album.

Confessed2005
December 29th 2007


5473 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Upwards is a cool song. Quite a good band, much like Meshuggah but probably a lot more accessible.

FixYourFace
March 18th 2008


21 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This band is brilliant...I agree to some extent with what you say about meshuggah being not audibly appealing, but they have written some classics. Anyway well written review!

jrowa001
March 29th 2008


8752 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i picked this album up this morning from a friend. this is some good stuff. im surprised i never noticed this review

BallsToTheWall
April 6th 2008


50977 Comments


At first I disagreed with you about these guys being better than Meshuggah. I don't know any more. These guys are more diverse, have some awesome melodies and have great clean/harsh vocals. New albums fantastic and more approachable than Obzen with I still haven't dissected yet.

HideYourDisguise
June 25th 2008


28 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This band is to me, is Meshuggah with a flair. Lovely stuff.

foreverendeared
July 8th 2008


14720 Comments


i should probably get this

HeadCharge123
July 8th 2008


475 Comments


Their newest album Silhouettes is pretty damn good too. Also worth piking up.

foreverendeared
July 8th 2008


14720 Comments


piking. is that like a breed of piker and viking?jk i'll probably try this one out first to see if i like it

HeadCharge123
July 8th 2008


475 Comments


haha OOPS |: picking i meant picking
i swears ;) Their new one is more a progression to their style, it probably makes sense to pick this one up first.

foreverendeared
July 8th 2008


14720 Comments


you that's what i thought! haha yeah makes more sense that way

MindTrain
December 5th 2009


1093 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is like an intro to Meshuggah's style. reminds me of DEI

Se2ondComing
December 31st 2009


178 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I love this = ]

Derkyle
February 10th 2010


202 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good stuff here. Don't really like the clean vocals, but this is really good nonetheless.



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